By Bryan Fischer
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“The debate is over” is the
newest addition to the liberal Tourette’s Syndrome dictionary, a phrase
mindlessly repeated over and over to terminate discussion rather than stimulate
it. It’s one of the cliches that Jonah Goldberg speaks of, used robotically to
end dialogue rather than engage in it.
Supporters of sodomy-based
marriage have taken to using the phrase with regard to public policy on the
definition of marriage. Some self-described “conservatives” like S.E. Cupp
agree, saying it’s time for the GOP to “move on gay marriage.”
They have been aided and abetted
even by surrenderists in the evangelical community, men like Russell Moore of
the Southern Baptist Convention and Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A, who sigh with
resignation, drop to their knees, put their hands in the air, and wait meekly
to be handcuffed and frogmarched off into cultural oblivion.
Mr. Cathy, by the way, is under
a self-imposed gag order, determined never to breathe a word about his values
on marriage ever again as long as he lives. He apparently did this in hopes
that it would earn him some favor from the homosexual lobby, and grease the
skids for him to put his restaurants in urban, left-leaning cities.
But he has learned the sad
lesson that appeasement doesn’t work. Even if your the one who feeds the gator,
in the end he’s going to come for you. You might get eaten last, but you will
be eaten. Appeasement didn’t work with Adolf Hitler and it won’t work with the
Gay Gestapo. New York City councilman Daniel Dromm, for example, made it
abundantly clear that Chick-fil-A is not and never will be welcome
in the Big Apple.
“We don’t need bigots coming to
New York City,” said Dromm. They are not welcome here unless they can embrace
all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community.” As if to
punctuate the intensity of his convictions on the matter, he pointedly added,
“We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves. They
need to wake up and see reality.”
Mr. Cathy’s shameful silence has
not only disappointed the pro-family community that unreservedly supported him
in 2012, it has brought him nothing but contempt from the folks he was hoping
to pacify. Not only is his silence cowardly, it’s ineffective to boot.
We all are involved in a
take-no-prisoners culture war, and the sooner Mr. Cathy and Mr. Moore recognize
that, the better.
It turns out there may good
reason for Mr. Moore and Mr. Cathy to stop waving their white hankies and stick
them back in their pockets. A poll released by WPA Opinion Research this
week indicates that a full 82% of Republicans and Republican-leaning
independents still believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man
and one woman. As CBS News put it, “most Republican voters remain firmly rooted in opposition to same-sex
Additionally, 75% of them do not
believe that politicians ought to go about redefining what God defined at the
dawn of creation.
In other words, the Republican
base is in solid support of natural marriage. Recently, the Nevada GOP pulled
support for natural marriage out of the state platform, and there is growing
pressure on the national Republican Party to do the same. To do so would not
only be wrong, it would be politically stupid. On how many other platform
issues does the party have 82% agreement?
For the party to pull toward the
left on marriage (there is no “center” - you either support sodomy-based
marriage or you don’t) is to pull away from its base. The GOP already saw 4
million of its more conservative voters stay home in 2012 because of the
ticket’s tepid support for social conservatism. Thus the feckless GOP handed
the Oval Office to a man with an immoral and anti-American political agenda.
The GOP cannot afford to make
that mistake again, and America cannot afford for the GOP to make that mistake
again. America and the GOP are running out of time and chances. To the GOP: run
an unapologetic supporter of natural marriage in 2016 or kiss your political
future - and maybe the future of America - goodbye.
The opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
American Family Association or American Family Radio.)